Can Gervais save Hollywood from itself?
Gah. The Golden Globes. If you don’t like frocks, and can’t bear self-indulgent speeches thanking God, long-dead parents, a dog etc, you’d be forgiven for not giving the telly even the slightest glance this lunchtime. Except that is, for Ricky Gervais.
Yep, the Brit funny man who made working in a drab back office in a west-London suburb hilarious, could save the Golden Globes. And all earnest, glamour-loving Americans. From themselves.
Tonight will be Ricky’s third time hosting the champagne and taffeta-fuelled, red-carpet fiesta. But after managing to offend nearly everyone in Hollywood last year, this year’s invitation surprised many.
Wondering what all the fuss is about?
Well, there was this on Angelina Jolie: “You can be in the Third World and you get a glimpse of a Hollywood star and it makes you feel better. You can be a little Asian child, with no possessions, no money - but you see a picture of Angelina Jolie and think, “Mummy!’”
And this, on Charlie Sheen: “Wow, so let’s get this straight… so what he did was, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife - as you do - went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked and trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard, and that was a Monday. What does he do on New Year’s Eve?”
Funny right? You bet. But not according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who banned Gervais from ever returning. Ever. Until they reneged that is.
In a rare display of American willingness to laugh at themselves, Hollywood decided to invite Gervais back in November last year. But not before scolding him for being a “very naughty boy”.
Most people with a sense of humour have no problem finding Gervais funny. Frankly Hollywood is lucky to have him. The only question this year is what he can do that will top it (stay tuned for the update on that). Yep, Gervais makes the whole Golden Globes worth watching. Without him we’d probably be stuck with Ryan Seacrest. Now there’s NOTHING funny about that.
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